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Urgent question - re child swallowing stuff

(42 Posts)
Trigglesx Sun 20-Oct-13 17:37:43

I'm asking here because he is in no immediate distress and I suspect someone on this board may have come across this already. grin

DS1 (7yo) just swallowed a very small lego. Dangerous? He seems fine. Says he can feel it digesting. (which I highly doubt) hmm

Shouldn't hurt him should it?

Bluebirdonmyshoulder Sun 20-Oct-13 17:44:21

I'd be going to A&E personally.

I'm prepared to be told that's a massive over reaction but it's what I would do. I'd be worried about a bowel blockage or perforation.

Could you call NHS Direct or your GP out of hours service?

Trigglesx Sun 20-Oct-13 17:45:27

it's not a pointy one, apparently it's a teeny small circle one... I'll give them a ring and see what they say. I had him dig through the lego box and show me another one of what he swallowed. grrrrrr

Bluebirdonmyshoulder Sun 20-Oct-13 17:46:55

I'd still be worried to be honest. Sorry, I may have this all wrong but can only advise based on what I'd do. Good luck!

Galena Sun 20-Oct-13 17:48:14

Thing is, I'm not sure if it would show up on an x-ray...

Maybe phone NHS direct (111?)

Trigglesx Sun 20-Oct-13 17:50:55

ringing now. it was 7mm diameter round.

Bluebirdonmyshoulder Sun 20-Oct-13 17:56:24

Hmm, you see I think that's quite big.

It will still be in his stomach for a bit so if they were worried they could give him an emetic so he vomits it up.

Let us know what they say.

I think it will be fine. It's round, inert plastic. It should just make it's way through the digestive process. It's big enough not to get into places it shouldn't and small enough to pass right through. If it was a magnet or anything that might leak or disintegrate I'd be more worried. Small coins generally make their way through. I'd still call NHS direct for professional reassurance, though.

Trigglesx Sun 20-Oct-13 18:00:05

sigh.. they're saying to take him in to check. poop.... it's smaller than a smartie for heaven's sake.

and he's just all over the place now.... just acting up cuz things are in an uproar

moosemama Sun 20-Oct-13 18:00:06

this sort of thing or more like this?

Teeny small circle sounds a bit like the latter - which I'm reliably informed are called studs (ds1 has a huge collection of them all joined together in a massive long line).

They really are teeny and have no sharp edges - to be honest I think they would probably pass through no problems, but anything else I'd be taking medical advice for.

moosemama Sun 20-Oct-13 18:02:02

Too slow while searching for links. 7mm is definitely bigger than the studs ds1 collects, but I'd tend to agree with Ellen - plenty of kids swallow pennies that pass through with no problems and it's smaller than that.

SallyBear Sun 20-Oct-13 18:05:23

Did you see him swallow it? My littlest DS swallowed a hearing aid battery. I took him to a&e as it was a mercury containing substance, xrayed him and discovered that as well as a hearing did battery there was another unknown round item. I was on poo watch for a couple of days!

Trigglesx Sun 20-Oct-13 18:05:34
Bluebirdonmyshoulder Sun 20-Oct-13 18:05:58

Well at least you'll be able to get reassurance or treatment if required. Poor DS, tell him to stick to Smarties in future!

Trigglesx Sun 20-Oct-13 18:06:46

definitely smaller than a penny...I didn't see him swallow it. Apparently I am no longer able to even run to the toilet anymore. hmm

Trigglesx Sun 20-Oct-13 18:07:51

He said he'd put it in his mouth to see how it felt and he accidentally swallowed it. He seemed more annoyed over the loss of the lego piece to be honest. Dork.

Trigglesx Sun 20-Oct-13 18:09:24

ah well. H is on his way over. I'll pop DS2 into bed and H can sit and watch telly and wait for me to come home. He does okay with just one, especially when that one is in bed.

SallyBear Sun 20-Oct-13 18:10:38

Triggs. I wouldn't worry too much. Give him plenty of laxative stuff - orange juice, raisins etc. at least he hadn't shoved it up his nose or in his ear.

Trigglesx Sun 20-Oct-13 18:11:11

ha. It's blue tac he puts in his ear. That was another A&E trip.

PolterGoose Sun 20-Oct-13 18:11:34

I really wouldn't worry about that. Like Ellen says, it will pass. The worries with swallowing are choking, obviously, and anything toxic, but also magnets because of the risk of 2 magnets in separate bits of the intestines sticking together and causing tears. The latter worry stopped my buying ds Magnetix for a long time. Most things swallowed if they can go in one end they will come out the other end just fine grin

Trigglesx Sun 20-Oct-13 18:13:34

Thing is, now I've rang them and they've advised me to take him in, if I don't and he gets ill or something then I'll feel awful.

Logically, I know it's littler than a penny and will probably just pass through. But I guess I'll have to go through the motions, eh ?

This has been a lovely day. DS2 wrote on the wall and stopped up the bathroom sink (he made a mess with the mash from his supper and then went and washed his fingers covered in potatoes in the sink, squishing it all down the drain). I swear to god... when I get home tonight the wine is getting opened.

MrsDeVere Sun 20-Oct-13 18:13:53

THOSE are the feckers that DC5 shoves up his nose.
I have got really good at getting them out now hmm

If they have said take him in, take him in.

Personally I wouldn't have bothered. I can't see how something that small would do any damage.

I hope you are not there too long and all is well.

Trigglesx Sun 20-Oct-13 18:15:29

MrsDeVere I know. I think 111 just tells everyone to go in. I honestly don't think I've ever rang NHS direct and they've just said "stay home." Ever.

He's complaining his tummy hurts now. So probably good thing we're going in anyway.

youarewinning Sun 20-Oct-13 18:15:41

My DS is always putting things - including these in his mouth. I think if he swallowed one which he may well have in the past I'd not really worry. Tbh they are tiny ( we also have a million of them) and I'm sure they swallow food in bigger chunks when rushing a meal. I'd be a little concerned about him saying he can feel it but it depends on wether you believe it's an imaginary feel or a real one. <actually less than helpful contradictory post>

Guess it won't be sweet corn coming out whole for you this week grin

Trigglesx Sun 20-Oct-13 18:18:00

lol you are Yes, he is not the most reliable witness or "giver of symptoms" in any instance. He is insistent that's the right kind of lego. But he's not horribly reliable about relaying pain info.

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